No. 22 Men's Golf at the CAC Championship
Thursday & Friday, April 18-19 | 11 a.m.
Saturday, April 20 | 7:30 a.m.
Golden Horseshoe Golf Club | Williamsburg, Va.
• After leaving the NECC following last season, Babson joined the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) back in July and will compete in the conference championship Thursday-Saturday in Williamsburg, Va.
• The winner of the 54-hole tournament will earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division Championship in May.
• Built by Robert Trent Jones Sr. in 1963 and redesigned by his son Rees Jones in 2017, the Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe GC is a par 71 layout that extends to 6,817 yards from the tips.
• Golden Horseshoe GC will host the CAC Championship for the first time this weekend.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 22 Babson had won four straight tournaments before coming in sixth at Skidmore's Tim Brown Invitational last weekend.
• Junior Chris Bornhorst carded rounds of 72-72 to tie for fifth place at 2-over 144, while senior Riley Whitham grabbed a share of 18th place at 6-over 148 after shooting 74-74 for the Beavers, who posted 36-hole score of 593.
• Bornhorst leads the Green and White with a 73.88 stroke average and has recorded four top-five finishes in eight events, first-year Nicholas Gianelos (74.06) claimed medalist honors at the NYU Invitational on March 30-31, and sophomore Lane Bohman boasts a 75.06 season average to go along with seven top-20 results in eight tournaments.
• Sixth-year head coach Jeff Page guided Babson to four consecutive NECC titles and three NCAA Division III Championship appearances, which includes a 25th-place showing in 2017.
CAC CHAMPIONSHIP HISTORY
• After winning four consecutive championships from 2014-17 after joining the league, Christopher Newport finished second behind Mary Washington last season.
• York (2009, 2013) joins the Captains and Eagles as the only programs currently in the league to have won a title since the CAC began sponsoring a men's golf championship back in 2008.
SCOUTING THE FIELD
• Defending champion Mary Washington enters the weekend with a 301.42 team average and is led by last year's CAC medalist Sebastien Bonte. All five of the Eagles' all-conference honorees from last season return as they chase a second consecutive title.
• Christopher Newport returns four players that earned All-CAC accolades last year and boasts a 300.60 scoring average in eight tournament this season. David Rabil (73.6) and William Snyder (74.2) have both recorded four rounds at par or better on the year.
• York came in third to match its highest finish since 2015 last spring and enters the league championship with a 305.78 average. Tyler Newton came in second last year and boasts the CAC's second lowest season average (73.83) enter the weekend.
• Southern Virginia held off Penn State-Harrisburg by six shots to finish sixth at the 2018 CAC Championship, while New Jersey City came in eighth.
BORNHORST NAMED CAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• For this second time this season and first time this spring, Bornhorst collected CAC Golfer of the Week honors on Tuesday.
• His 73.88 stroke average is the second lowest among league competitors entering the league tournament.
BEAVERS DEBUT AT NO. 2 IN NCAA REGIONAL RANKINGS
• In addition to its national ranking, Babson was second when the NCAA released its Mid-Atlantic Region rankings last Thursday.
• The Beavers came in just behind eighth-ranked Carnegie Mellon and are joined in the regional poll by fellow CAC members Christopher Newport (5th) and York (8th).
• Bornhorst leads the Green and White with seven of his 16 rounds at par or better this season. Gianelos has shot par or lower in four of his last eight rounds, while Bohman has posted three rounds of par or better on the year.
NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers' 298.00 team scoring average entering the weekend is currently the lowest in program history.
|OPENING ROUND TEE TIMES (TBA)|
|Thursday, April 18 | Gold Course||Tee||Time|
|Chris Bornhorst||1||11:00 am|
|Nicholas Gianelos||1||11:10 am|
|Lane Bohman||1||11:20 am|
|Riley Whitham||1||11:30 am|
|Burt Gesner||1||11:40 am|